MultiCare is a pioneer in the South Sound region when it comes to the use of robotic-assisted surgical techniques. We implemented the South Sound's first robotic-assisted prostate surgical program and gynecological surgical program in 2005.
Today robotic-assisted surgeries are performed at three of MultiCare's hospitals—Tacoma General, Allenmore, and Good Samaritan—and specially trained urological and gynecological surgeons certified to use the da Vinci Surgical System have performed over 2,500 procedures at MultiCare.
Da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System for Cancer Treatment
The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. This robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery technique offers these potential benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal daily activities
For cancer treatment, the da Vinci® system is being used to treat prostate and gynecological cancers.
A da Vinci® prostatectomy allows surgeons to bypass nerves linked to sexual function and urinary incontinence. Men who have robotic-assisted surgery for prostate removal experience significantly faster recovery times for erectile function and urinary control when compared to traditional, open prostatectomies.
Learn more about Prostate Cancer
For most women, da Vinci® Hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomies for gynecologic cancer.
A da Vinci® Hysterectomy uses robot-assisted technology to do a radical hysterectomy through a few small incisions rather than a large traditional incision. This leads to faster recovery for patients.
Learn more about Gynecological Cancer.